IBC 2017: Sony announce PXW-Z90 and HXR-NX80

IBC 2017: Sony announce PXW-Z90 and HXR-NX80

Sony have kicked off IBC by announcing two new small form factor cameras, the PXW-Z90 and HXR-NX80. Both offer 273-point phase detection autofocus and an instant HDR workflow, thanks to HLG and BT.2020 support. 

The Z90 has a 1.0 type Exmor RS CMOS sensor with aforementioned 273-point autofocus sensor, designed to give you faster Hybrid Auto Focus. It can shoot up to 960 fps super slow motion, or up to 120 fps in HFR mode for high speed recording. You can also shoot up to 120 fps in Slow & Quick Mode, and proxy recording, relay recording and simultaneous backup recording are all supported in order to give you the most flexible shooting workflow possible.

As well as HGL and BT.2020, it supports S-Log2 and S-Log3, and has 3G SDI and HDMI Type A outputs. You can also stream your footage as part of Sony’s XDCAM Air workflow. Time Code and User Bit are both supported, so the cameras can easily be integrated into multi-camera environments.

“We strongly believe in empowering customers to tell amazing stories, whether it’s a journalist out in the field covering a breaking news event, or a freelancer working under the tight deadline pressures of a one-day corporate shoot,” explained James Leach, European Product Manager, Sony Professional Solutions Europe. “Our new palm camcorders do exactly that. By minimising the efforts required to focus on a subject in-frame and streamlining the post-production workflow, we’re helping users concentrate on what they do best: storytelling.”

The Z90 will be joining us in December, and has a predicted price of €2900.

The NX80 is very similar, but you trade that SDI port for USTREAM support, and its predicted to cost €2350.

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Get HDR ready with the latest from Atomos, Sony, Blackmagic Design and more!

Get HDR ready with the latest from Atomos, Sony, Blackmagic Design and more!

HDR has taken the industry by storm, and makes such a difference to the quality of your images that soon we’ll be wondering how we got by without it. To get the latest tips on getting the most out of your HDR-capable technology, we brought in the experts and laid out the kit for our drop-in session on utilising your Atomos monitor and recorder to create HDR content.

Why is HDR so important?

HDR is arguably the biggest step forward for moving pictures in a generation. New standards set in REC.2100 take advantage of the luminance and colour reproduction capabilities of modern displays to produce high levels of brightness, contrast and colour volume, leading to images that closely resemble what our eyes naturally see.

Content producers have long been working with high dynamic range source material through Log and RAW captured images. But output and delivery standards haven’t progressed much for decades, meaning we’ve spent years compromising. HDR is a new way forward as it is a resolution independent technology, with the new standards outlined in REC.2100 being applicable to both 1080p (HD), UltraHD and 4K – even 8K come 2020.

Unlike previous technological progression that required significant hardware overhauls, HDR doesn’t require lots of new hardware. The most significant piece of new kit is the display we monitor HDR material on, and how we process the signal to see the images we are creating appropriately. This is where Atomos, one of the fastest growing companies in pro video, are pushing the envelope in the field, on set and in the studio.

Our HDR portfolio

Up your game with Atomos recorders and monitors

We featured a great range of HDR-capable products, and much more at our recent Production Drop in event. We were excited to demo the Sumo On-Set and Studio monitor/recorder, the first production monitor that also records 4K 12-bit Raw, 10-bit ProRes/DNxHR and 1080p60 live switching and recording. With the Sumo, for the first time your on-set production monitors can be HDR capable as well as having recording capabilities.

We also had the Atomos Shogun Inferno monitor/recorder on show, a combination of the most advanced monitor technologies, the latest recording capability, and playback and editing functionality that encourages on set collaboration. Rounding off our Atomos offering was the Ninja Flame monitor/recorder, with its true-to-life vibrant colors, 7″ 10-bit 1500nit panel, AtomHDR engine and HDMI connections to record and play back video to 4K/HD 10-bit ProRes/DNxHR.

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Get HDR ready with our favourite camcorders

Camera-wise, we had some of the newest models to be announced, plus some of our old favourites. The new Canon Cinema EOS C200 camcorder is the latest in the EOS range, big brother to the very popular C100 MK II and following in the footsteps of the C300 MK II. With this camcorder, you can easily capture and record UHD/50P footage to internal SD cards in MP4 format, and use the new Cinema RAW Light codec to film moments in stunning 4K to internal CFast 2.0TM card.

We also showcased the Sony FS5 and FS7 camcorders, both firm favourites with Jigsaw24. The FS7 is a must-have run and gun camera equipped with a Super 35mm CMOS image sensor, while the FS5 is an amazing small form factor, large sensor 4K camera that’s great in terms of weight, balance and ergonomics.

Also on show was the long-awaited Panasonic Lumix GH5, which gives you the highest picture quality in the history of Lumix G compact systems cameras. With its compact design, high frame rate and intuitive controls, the GH5 has been described as a great fit for creative agencies, photographers and videographers. And let’s not forget the Blackmagic Design Ursa Mini Pro 4.6K, a professional digital film camera that combines the incredible image quality of URSA Mini 4.6K with the features and controls of a traditional broadcast camera.

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Complete your kit with lenses and lighting

Top of the range lenses and lighting were provided by Zeiss and Cirro Lite, rounding off the perfect shoot setup.

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Our HDR events

If you missed out on our exclusive Atomos and HDR drop-in, we’ve got plenty of upcoming events where you can check out the latest kit. You can have a look at our past events and register for upcoming ones on our Jigsaw24 events page.

 

Still not sure whether you’re ready to commit to purchasing, or have any questions about products that could help you create HDR content? Give us a call on 03332 409 284 or email broadcast@Jigsaw24.com

 

Price drop on the FS7, and free RAW upgrades on other Sony camcorders!

Price drop on the FS7, and free RAW upgrades on other Sony camcorders!

Sony have recently announced price drops and free RAW upgrades on some of our favourite camcorders, and we’ve rounded up everything you need to know to get the best deal!

FS7 models

The Sony PXW-FS7 4K 35mm camcorder is now priced at £6799 (£8158.80 inc VAT), with an additional £300 cashback when purchased with a lens adaptor until the 30th September.

Since its release, the FS7 has been a firm favourite with Jigsaw24 and a must-have run and gun camera. The PXW-FS7 is equipped with a Super 35mm CMOS image sensor with approximately 11.6 million total pixels (4352×2662) and 8.9 million effective pixels. The high image readout speed of the image sensor allows the FS7 to support 4K motion-picture shooting and Super Slow Motion, and realises a high sensitivity of ISO2000 and a wide dynamic range of 14 stops. Its ergonomic design includes a grip designed for easy handling and operability, an angled grip that can be easily adjusted with the press of a button, and a shape that supports long periods of use and flexibly accommodates differences among users’ physique and shooting position.

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If you’re looking for an upgrade, we’ve also got the Sony PXW-FS7 Mark II now down to £8350 (£10,020 inc VAT) and comes with £300 cashback when purchased with a lens adaptor until 30th September.

If you have a little extra to spend, we’d recommend going for the newest version, the FS7 Mk II. It builds on the great reputation of the original FS7, and includes new features such as an all-new lever lock design on the E mount, meaning you can use bulkier lenses with added stability. Another new addition is the electronic variable ND filter (the same one as seen on the FS5). Finally, the FS7 Mk II can record in BT2020 colour space, making it ideal for future-proofing your purchase.

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We’ve also got the kit version of the Sony PXW-FS7K Mark II, including the Sony SELP18110G 18-110MM servo zoom  lens, at £10,239 (£12,286.80 inc VAT). This also comes with £300 cashback when purchased with a lens adaptor until 30th September.

The SELP18110G 18-110MM included is a powered zoom lens that delivers optimum performance in Super 35/APS-C moviemaking applications, starting at 18 mm wide-angle and extending through an impressive 6.1x zoom range with a constant F4 maximum aperture.

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FS5 models

Until the 30th September, you can get the RAW upgrade free of charge when you purchase an FS5 or FS5K with a lens

The Sony PXW-FS5 is currently at £4875 (£5850 inc VAT), with £300 cashback when purchased with a lens adaptor until 30th September.

With the FS5, Sony have produced an amazing small form factor, large sensor 4K camera. It’s designed to be modular, so you strip it down to just a functioning body (weighing just 830g!) and a lens. Similar to the FS7, the handgrip can rotate 180 degrees and lock into nine specific places within that arc, so it’s so good in terms of weight, balance and ergonomics. The ND filter is digitally controlled, anywhere from 1/4 ND through to 1/28. The FS5 can shoot up to 240fps at full HD – but only in eight second bursts (like the FS7000), on a reliable 100MBp/s

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We’ve also got the Sony PXW-FS5K at £5399 (£6478 inc VAT) with £300 cashback when purchased with a lens adaptor until 30th September.

The E PZ 18-105mm F4 G OSS lens included in this bundle delivers stunning still or movie imagery with the flexibility of 6x power zoom. Maximum aperture is a constant F4 from 18mm wide angle to 105mm medium telephoto, with excellent resolution and contrast throughout. A lever and ring on the lens barrel allow zoom speed to be freely adjusted as required while maintaining a sure, stable grip.

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X70

With the Sony PXW-X70, users will get the CBKZ-X70FX upgrade licence free of charge – an offer that’s running indefinitely! (The licence is not pre-installed, but it’s very easy to install yourself). This camcorder is priced at £1999 (£2398.80 inc VAT) with £130 cashback when you buy.

The super compact X70 features a 1.0 type ExmorT R CMOS Sensor with a resolution of 20 megapixels. The sensor, which is even larger than the Super 16mm film frame, delivers high resolution and fantastic low light performance, as well as offering more depth of field control as demanded by today’s diverse shooting requirements. The camcorder has the ability to record High Definition in XAVC Long GOP, enabling 422 10-bit sampling at 50 Mbit/s. This in turn supports a broadcast-quality workflow, and is used increasingly by professionals across the industry.

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MCX-500 and 2x PXW-Z150 – new live production bundle option!

Instead of the NX5, you can now get two PXW-Z150s with the MCX-500 mixer and RM-30BP remote controller at the special bundle price of £7499 (£8998.80 inc VAT).

Sony’s MCX-500 is a uniquely user-friendly and flexible production switcher makes it simple for a single operator or small team to produce a broadcast quality live event. Multiple video inputs include professional 3G-SDI, HDMI, Composite Video plus dedicated DSK mean you can mix and match kit as needed for each production. To minimise your workload, the MCX-500 offers hassle-free integration with camcorders such as the PXW-Z150. The lightweight RM-30BP remote controller allows you to control all the key features of suitable camcorders while sitting at your control desk. It also allows tally signals to be sent to connected camcorders, so a camera operator knows when each camcorder is on air, allowing you to work faster and more efficiently with MCX-500’s advanced workflow.

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NAB 2017: Canon unveil new pro lens

NAB 2017: Canon unveil new pro lens

Canon are out of the gate early this year, releasing news of a new lens just as our team set off for NAB. 

The CN-E70-200mm T4.4 L IS KAS S, which we look forward to watching our product managers attempt to spell, is designed for professional and advanced amateur videographers who use large-format, single-sensor cameras.

Canon’s official statement says that it ensures that movies, documentaries, weddings and corporate videos can be captured with the utmost precision and quality. Offering an impressive focal length of 70-200mm in the Super 35 image circle, the versatile lens joins the CN-E18-80mm launched in 2016 and completes Canon’s compact cine-servo lens lineup.

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Here are the highlights from the press release:

Ideal for sports shoots The new CN-E70-200 is a parfocal lens with three modes of image stabilisation. By combining with the CN-E18-80 lens, videographers can enjoy a versatile focal range of 18-400mm, perfect for when filming must take place from a safe distance such as in sport.

Dual Pixel CMOS AF Designed to function with Canon EF mount DSLRs and compatible detachable lens video cameras, the CN-E70-200 leverages a wide range of mount functions and super-fast autofocusing (AF). Powerful Dual Pixel CMOS AF enables a quick and accurate focus via a single button push (one-shot AF), while continuous AF allows for a subject to be tracked with no loss of focus, ideal for capturing wildlife footage.

4K optical quality Canon’s heritage in optical design and performance means the CN-E70-200 has super accurate resolving power; maintaining quality from the middle of the lens to the edge. The modulation transfer function has been specifically enhanced for the requirements of 4K cameras and with colour balance matched to other Canon cinema EOS lenses, the CN-E70-200 delivers exceptional image quality – whether filming in 4K or HD.

Enhanced operability Thanks to its compact size and lightweight, the CN-E70-200 can be used in a range of challenging shooting scenarios such as on spider cameras or drones. This, combined with its ergonomic design and optional Canon ZSG-C10 zoom grip, means the lens is able to unlock a broad range of new shooting styles. Attached to the body of the lens with a 20-pin cable, the ZSG-C10 allows for smooth remote activation of the zoom servo and one-shot AF. It can be operated while mounted on the lens barrel for comfortable shoulder-mounted shooting, or removed from the lens and operated by hand. The ZSG-C10 comprises an easy-to-use rocker switch, start/stop record button, one-shot AF button and an adjustable grip angle for optimum comfort.

If these are the features you need, you’ll have to wait until October to get your hands on a CN-E70-200mm T4.4 L IS KAS S, but you can pre-order now for £5045 ex VAT (£6054 inc VAT).

If you want to know more on the biggest and best NAB Show releases, give us a call on 03332 409 306 or email broadcast@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest news, follow @WeAreJigsaw24 on Twitter‘Like’ us on Facebook or take a look at our roundup post.

 

Blackmagic Design announce the new Ursa Mini Pro camcorder

Blackmagic Design announce the new Ursa Mini Pro camcorder

There were collective high fives in the office on hearing Blackmagic Design’s press conference in which they unveiled the new Ursa Mini Pro camcorder. Suited to film, broadcast, and studio work, they’re essentially positioning the new camera as three products in one, which will suit the needs of every shooter. And as it’s launched at a very competitive price point compared to similar cameras on the market, we think everyone else is going to be just as excited as us.

The Blackmagic Design Ursa Mini Pro features an interchangeable lens mount for quickly swapping out Canon EF, cinema PL, or broadcast B4 mounts, and they’ve even got a Nikon F mount on the horizon. The camera’s button layout has been designed for multiple users, with tactile feedback and the ability to access controls in two ways – a big boon for film.

URSA Mini Pro

Just as with the Ursa Mini 4.6K, the Ursa Mini Pro features a Super 35 sensor for higher than DCI 4K resolution and 15 stops of dynamic range. The Ursa Mini Pro can record 4.6K footage at up to 60 frames per second, and your footage is saved to dual CFast or dual SD cards (there’s an optional SSD dock if you need it, too). You can record in a range of formats including Cinema DNG RAW and ProRes 4:4:4 and 4:2:2.

Also announced in Blackmagic Design’s press conference were two new DaVinci Resolve panels, and footage from the Ursa Mini Pro will be well at home in DaVinci Resolve – you even get a full copy of the software included when you buy it! But enough gushing from us – here’s what Blackmagic Design said:

“We are excited about this new model because it really builds on the success of URSA Mini and combines the best digital film technology with the most advanced broadcast features and ergonomics available. URSA Mini Pro is powerful enough to be used on high end feature films and television shows, versatile enough to be used for broadcast news and live multi camera event production, and affordable enough for indie filmmakers and even students!”

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The Blackmagic Design Ursa Mini Pro is available to preorder from Jigsaw24 now. Currently shooting with the the original, first generation Ursa? Blackmagic Design have kindly said they’ll be offering an upgrade option to the Ursa Mini Pro, whereby you pay a set amount, keep your beloved Ursa, and get the new version for a reduced price!

Want to know more about the Blackmagic Design Ursa Mini Pro? Give us a call on 03332 409 306 or email broadcast@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest news, follow @Jigsaw24Video on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.

 

Sony introduce new options for Prime and Elite Support

Sony introduce new options for Prime and Elite Support

Most of Sony’s entry level professional camcorders come with two years’ Sony Prime Support Pro, but you can now extend that for up to five years, or swap it for the even better Elite Support. 

Your professional Sony cameras come with two years of Prime Support Pro, entitling you to a multilingual helpdesk from 9am-6pm, an average 14 day turnaround on repairs, and help with all the logistics of your returns and repairs.

Now, you can extend your Prime Support Pro for up to five years total. There is one simple way to do this: give us a call and let us figure it out for you. But your three options are basically:

– Buy an extended warranty of one to three years at the same time as you buy your camera, and this time will be added on to the two years’ support you receive for free.

– At the end of your two free years, you can buy three years’ additional support all at once.

– At the end of your two free years, you can extend your warranty one year at a time for up to five years total.

Prime Support Elite

If you want extended support hours, guaranteed fast-track repairs, loan units, advance swaps and help with any setup that needs to be done, you can upgrade to Prime Support Elite. When you buy your camera, simply let us know that you’d like to upgrade your support, and we’ll exchange your two years’ free Prime Support Pro for two years’ paid Prime Support Elite.

After your initial two years, your Elite support can be extended in one or three year increments for up to five years total, the same as Prime Support Pro.

Pricing and availability

Prime Support Pro and Prime Support Elite are available on all professional Sony camcorders. The price varies depending on which model of camera you’ve bought; our full list of prices is available here. Both options are available now, so get in touch with our team on the deals below.

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It’s time to get HDR-ready

It’s time to get HDR-ready

Remember 2010, when we were all very excited about shooting in native 3D? Well, I think we can all agree that that trend is now dying a death, and ceding its Cool Trend crown to High Dynamic Range (HDR) imagery. However, HDR is different. Rather than a hyped up flash in the pan, it’s actually offering something that filmmakers have been clamouring for – a return to filmic production values, without losing the agility of digital shooting. 

So what exactly do you need to know before you wade into the world of HDR content production? Can you shoot it with your current kit? And what does it really mean for your images? We asked our production team to give us the lay of the land.

First, for the newcomers: what is HDR?

So, the human eye has a functional range of roughly 100,000 nit from the darkest to brightest light it can perceive detail in, and the lens of a camera has a similar range. Until now, however, image processing, transmission and display technologies have reduced this range, meaning bright and dark objects that were perfectly visible to the naked eye appeared clipped or burned in a captured image. You could expose for the highlights and lose detail in the shadows, or expose for shadow but lose detail in the highlights, but there was no way to capture detail in both.

An HDR workflow preserves this full range from capture through transmission, all the way to final display, so your final image has the full dynamic range of the human eye, and therefore appears much more realistic and immersive, as shown in our illustration (alas, this will only work if you’re viewing this on an HDR-ready display). You’ll see more vivid colours, and more detail in shadows.

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But to give some sense of the scale of this change, the brightest possible pixel on an HDR display is about 40 times what it used to be on an SD display, and when you’re working with an HDR image in post, you can tweak brightness levels pixel by pixel.

However, to get the full effect of HDR, you need more than a camera with a lot of latitude. For example, without support for a wide colour gamut, you won’t see as much colour variation in the newly visible section of your image. Support for high frame rates is also recommended, and you’ll need support for 10- or 12-bit capture too, depending on which version of HDR you’re working with.

There are competing versions of HDR?

Yep. The current frontrunner is HDR10, as it’s been picked up by various gaming platforms. Also popular is the more detailed Dolby Vision. The image displayed by Dolby Vision is ‘scene referred’, which means it varies from scene to scene, working with your display to adjust each image. By contrast, HDR10 is static.

Most consumer displays rely on Hybrid Log Gamma, an electronic-optical transfer function protocol  that combines standard gamma with log to create (wait for it) a hybrid that extends traditional gamma beyond the standard curve. Any TV can display HLG, as it displays the standard gamma. TVs brighter than 100 nits (i.e. most LCDs) will then display more highlight information until it reaches its point of maximum brightness, when it’ll clip.

Which of these is the one my smartphone camera can do?

Neither. The ‘HDR’ advertised on smartphones is actually HDR-I, which uses tone mapping to give the impression that you’re seeing images with a higher dynamic range than you are. This is not the same as the true HDR you’ll be capturing on a pro camera for a production workflow.

So what qualifies a camera as being capable of shooting real HDR?

There are several features that your camera needs to qualify as HDR-capable, but the main ones are:

– 10-bit capture to Log or RAW. As a minimum, your camera needs to support ProRes or DNX 10-bit 4.2.2., but don’t feel like you have to stop there. The more bits the better, really.

– Plenty of latitude. Canon’s C300 MkII is being touted as having 15 stops, which is ideal, but the Sony FS7 and FS5 both have 14, and if you have a C500 in your arsenal, that still has a perfectly respectable 12 stops of dynamic range.

– S-Log3/C-LOG 3 capture capability; if you are shooting RAW and recording to Log over SDI, this needs to be 10-bit. 12-bit CinemaDNG capture is also good.

– Rec2020 gamut support.

Your existing camera may already be able to record S-Log3 with the help of an external recorder. (The Atomos Flame and Inferno series are a good bet for this, as they incorporate high quality HDR-ready monitors so you can see your footage accurately on set.)

Which cameras are HDR-ready?

Several such cameras are on, or at least making their way to, the market, but as we mentioned earlier, our favourites among the current crop are Canon’s C500 and C300 MK II, Sony’s FS7 and FS5, and the Panasonic GH4 and GH5. All of these cameras output a RAW signal that can be recorded as ProRes or DNX with the help of external recorder, and all have LOG gamma encoding.

Apart from a camera and maybe an external recorder, what else will I need?

In order to see what you’re doing with your HDR images in post, you will need a monitor that can support HDR. Currently, the simplest and most affordable are the Atomos Flame and Inferno ranges, which offer on-camera HDR monitoring combined with the ability to play back and edit your footage at full res, making a collaborative HDR workflow possible for everyone on set. If you’ve already invested in a Atomos Ninja Assassin, Blade HD, Flame, Shogun or Shogun Inferno, HDR support is available as a free upgrade, but as their screens only hit 500 nit, you won’t be able to see more than seven or eight stops of dynamic range; the newer monitors are 1500 nit and showcase 10 stops.

When it comes to post-production, we can’t in good conscience recommend grading on anything less than DaVinci Resolve. Its ability to power through high resolution and frame rate files without slowing down or falling over is going to be extremely necessary if you’re going to be tackling HDR, and it features the industry’s most advanced and sensitive HDR toolkit. The ability to grade a project for multiple colourspaces at the same time is going to come in handy until you’re delivering HDR 4K all the time, too.

Will my current infrastructure be OK?

To be honest, that depends how much 4K work you’ve done so far, and how many changes you’ve made to accommodate it. That 10-bit workflow with its attendant file sizes and frame rates means you’re going to want to be working on a 10Gb Ethernet network, rather than the standard 1GbE.

You’ll also want to make sure you have plenty of high capacity storage both at your facility and on set. One of the reasons we’re so keen on Atomos devices is that they’ve teamed up with G-Technology to develop the Master Caddy range. These high capacity SSDs can slot into any compatible Atomos recorder to capture your footage, then be removed and inserted in to an adaptor that makes them compatible with G-DOCK and ev series storage from G-Technology, so there’s no need for you to invest in proprietary recording media that’ll only work with one of your cameras (you’ll get better speeds and capacities this way, too).

Want to know more? Give us a call on 03332 409 306 or email broadcast@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest news, follow @Jigsaw24Video on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.

Sony announce new firmware for PXW-X500 and PXW-X400 camcorders

Sony announce new firmware for PXW-X500 and PXW-X400 camcorders

Sony have confirmed the release of a new batch of firmware for their PXW-X500 and PXW-X400 XDCAM shoulder mounted camcorders.

Both models will receive the same new features, and the free firmware updates will provide parity with the PXW-Z450 – the world’s first 2/3″ 4K shoulder mounted camcorder. Here’s a quick rundown of what’s what with the upgrade packages…

USB 3.0 Host support 

Clips recorded on SxS memory cards can now be copied to storage or USB media connected to the camcorder’s USB 3.0 interface. This is especially handy for speeding up workflows when out in the field, and you’ll be able to save yourself the hassle of lugging a laptop around for copy or backup.

Partial hi-res clip transfer

The free Content Browser Mobile app for iOS and Android has been updated to version 2.4, and allows users to mark In/Out timecode points of high resolution files recorded on SxS cards before FTP or Cloud upload. This saves time and data upload volume when out in the field, and ensures the user only transmits relevant content to be pushed to the station FTP server for editing and playout later on.

New Full HD proxy recording formats

Sony have added a host of Full HD proxy file formats for improved HD workflow integration, which can be played on air right away without any visible progressive strobe effect. With the latest lot of firmware updates, the PXW-X500 and PXW-X400 now support HD/SD Auto, 1920 x 1080 50i and 1280 x 720 50p proxy files, which can be recorded in 9Mbps or 6Mbps on an SD proxy card.

New streaming formats

Thanks to version 5.0 on the PXW-X500 and version 3.0 on the PXW-X400, users can now select 0.3Mbps and 0.2Mbps low streaming bit rates. Nicely, lower streaming bit rates are available within the bandwidth constraints of BGAN (Broadband Global Area Network) Inmarsat satellite transmission.

Added user menu items

Users can now find Scene Files in the File Menu, offering a bit more freedom and flexibility in camcorder setup and configuration.

You can download the latest firmware packages from the links below:

– PXW-X500 V5.0

– PXW-X400 V3.0

For more information about Sony camcorders, give us a call on 03332 409 306, email broadcast@Jigsaw24.com or pop your details in the form below. For all the latest news, follow @WeAreJigsaw24 on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.

We’re now an authorised Fujifilm reseller for Fujinon lenses!

We’re now an authorised Fujifilm reseller for Fujinon lenses!

We’re very excited to announce that we’ve just teamed up with Fujifilm to become an authorised Fujifilm UK reseller. That means we can now offer video production customers the full range of Fujifilm’s awesome Fujinon TV and Cine lenses. 

About Fujinon lenses

Fujinon lenses have been renowned in the world of television broadcasting for years – even bagging a few Emmy awards along the way – but because of their ultra high quality optical technology and extensive range, they’re also perfect for any application from movie production to sports, entertainment and electronic news gathering.

And with the rise of 4K broadcasting over the past couple of years, Fujifilm have responded to the new resolution demands of broadcasters by enhancing their high precision optical technologies to support the cutting edge of TV and film production. Their UA-Series 4K UHD range of lenses was recently honoured at the IBC Innovation Awards for the part it played in allowing BT Sport to deliver a Ultra HD channel.

Their Cine range boasts the ultimate in 4K optical performance lenses for cinema production, including the HK 4K Plus Premier Series, ZK 4K Premier Cabrio Series and XK 4K Premier Cabrio Series, while the TV range covers all kinds of TV videography, including studio and field box lenses, and ENG and EFP portable lenses.

Fujifilm and Jigsaw24

As we’re now an authorised Fujifilm UK reseller, if you’d like any more information on the full range of Fujifilm Fujinon TV and Cine lenses, just get in touch with the sales team for a chat on the details below.

Want to know more about Fujinon lenses? Give us a call on 03332 409 306 or email broadcast@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest news, follow @WeAreJigsaw24 on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.

 

IBC 2016: JVC’s best IBC-only camcorder and monitor deals

IBC 2016: JVC’s best IBC-only camcorder and monitor deals

JVC are running a load of amazing deals on camcorders and monitors during the IBC 2016 show, including freebie mics and lenses, and glorious cashback. We’ve rounded up the best offers below so you can buy online, but if you need any more information on any of the deals, please get in touch with the sales team on the details at the bottom (or give one of the guys at the show a nudge if you see them). And remember, once the show’s over, the deals are over!

JVC GY-HM170E on Jigsaw24Purchase a GY-HM170 and get a microphone and handle for free! – Only £995 ex VAT

JVC GY-LS300CHE on Jigsaw24

Purchase a GY-LS300CHE and get a free EZ1240 Olympus lens! – Only £2939 ex VAT

GY-HM620 on Jigsaw24

Purchase a GY-HM620 and receive £150 cashback!

JVC GY-HM660 on Jigsaw24

Purchase a GY-HM660 and receive £250 cashback!

JVC DT-N17F display on Jigsaw24

Special promotional price on DT-N17F monitor – Only £1150 ex VAT during IBC 2016!

 

Just remember, these JVC camcorder and display deals are only valid for the duration of the IBC 2016 show, so get your skates on!

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